No longer a hobby…

A year ago I went to a fashion show; each designer had at least twelve pieces of clothing. They each got their fifteen minutes on the catwalk and wowed. Models came out in style, designers bowed with their collection and they were ready to take orders. I sat there and imagined the catwalk full of authors with their books on show.

How many of us have one published book to walk down the catwalk proudly with?  How many of us have five to twenty works of writing to exhibit? At that time I had only one, that was properly edited and really public ready. I had a number of finished-to-edit and unfinished manuscripts with too many potential stories. I imagined my models on the catwalk with only one finished dress. The rest of my collection would be missing buttons or bottoms (endings). All the sides wouldn’t be sewn up; some would be hung together with pins.  I winched as I sat there thinking about my wild and crazy fashion show. Unlike a designer my product couldn’t be reviewed in fifteen minutes but all artists have one thing in common. They have to complete their work before they can show it and sell it.

Not one of those designers came to the show with one dress because it didn’t matter how dynamic that one dress was, it meant one sale while a collection meant multiple orders. An art gallery has the same mind-set. One glorious painting at the middle of the gallery you would never see. There is certain power in numbers: numbers to attract different tastes, numbers to widen the profit margin and numbers to establish a brand.

As a writer my brand is my books but I realized I wasn’t writing enough.

I know that writing isn’t a race and a fashion designer and artist isn’t a writer but the principle of sales is universal. If you have one product in a certain market, there is a point of saturation for that one dress/book. Soon your fans will look to see what else you have on the market. If you have a collection it is very likely they will buy another dress/piece if they loved the first but if you have nothing else to offer they move on.

That is the year I made up my mind to treat my writing as a business and stop calling it a hobby.

I stopped looking at one book and started to plan for the collection. I’ve known a number of authors who have published one book and the marketing work they did could have definitely covered five books at the same time. I placed my manuscripts in categories, I gave myself a monthly target of words and I made time to write even if it meant missing sleep and socializing.  When I print I want to have a very diverse book launch, nevertheless I have been publishing e-books as I go along.

One year later I have two distinct genres, the first is paranormal/folklore fantasy fiction which I write under the pen M. Mckie and children books which I write under Aunty Marsha Books. My collection is not yet complete but I like what I see and I build on it every day. My target is three books per year after the first launch (2017) in each category. I will also like to explore the young adult genre, contemporary romance and more magical realism in the future.

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Call for Submissions: CODE’s 2016 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature

Anyone submitting?

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final_caribbean_logo_webCODE’s 2016 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature is now open for submissions! Eligible books and manuscripts must be received at the office of the Bocas Lit Fest by October 31, 2015. Winners will be announced at the NGC Bocas Lit Fest in Trinidad and Tobago in April 2016.

Description and Guidelines: In its third edition, the Award, established by Canadian education NGO CODE with the generous support of the Literary Prizes Foundation and in partnership with the Bocas Lit Fest, aims to celebrate the literary achievements of Caribbean authors while improving young readers’ access to books that are engaging and meaningful to them.

Part of a global initiative also present in four African countries and Canada, the Burt Award for Caribbean Literature is an annual Award that will be given to three English-language literary works for Young Adults (aged 12 through 18) written by Caribbean authors. A First Prize of $10,000 CAD, a Second…

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The 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize is now open for entry Closing date: 1 November 2016

For writers …..

Repeating Islands

674_2017-commonwealth-short-story-prize_thb.pngThe 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize is now open for entry 

Closing date: 1 November 2016

The Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000-5,000 words) in English. Short stories translated into English are also eligible. The overall winner receives £5,000 and the regional winners receive £2,500.

The Prize is open to both published and unpublished writers who are Commonwealth citizens aged 18 and over. Entry is free.

For further information and the online entry form, please visit

Our thanks to Robert Lee for bringing this deadline to our attention.

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Lightning Fire: The Blue Moon’s Calling – 2 day free download


Five star review:

“Oh for the love of Green eyes, strong chests and bare-chested shirts!!!!! This book has paranormal, werewolves, fairies, magic, sex, and more sex and a lot of sensual romance……… oh I am melting!!!! Thank you Ms Gomes-Mckie for sharing this amazing story with us, the readers!”

Synopsis: Almost 200 years ago the Fairy world turned to the Lycans for protection after a deadly vampire attack took away their flying magic. Although safe, they are faced with the reality that this same alliance have weaken their blood line and made it impossible for them to complete a successful blue moon ceremony since, to restore their magic.
With two months away from a blue moon’s rising, the monarchy is sure that crown Princess Lily is the key to save them, but as luck would have it a Lycan Alpha dies and Arn the new Alpha is not interested in signing a renewed alliance without a bride. Faced with choosing between the safety of his borders and the hand of his pure daughter Monarch Alcazar is forced to reveal that his daughter is a twin and offers Luna instead, in hope that she would please the wolf and buy them enough time to complete the ceremony.
Luna enters a world that not only unlocks the secret of her lineage but she realizes in a most embarrassing way that she actually has a powerful light that only comes out of her when Arn brings her to an orgasm. Arn commits to helping her master it and it triggers a suppressed memory from his childhood, which reveals what really happens the night his parents died. This insight into his past proves to be the key to helping him uncover the fact that he has inherited a complicated rule filled with betrayal, murder and strife. With pure nerve and brute force Arn fights to uncover the conspiracy which threatens to devastate the continuance of his pack. While Luna is called upon to step in and complete the Blue Moon ceremony herself when Lily fails, placing her in harm’s way.
Their ultimate success will only come when they both join forces to reconcile their past in time to save a world that depends only on the strength of their love to survive.

This book will be free to download on the 25 and 26 September 2016. Please download, read and leave a review.





THE GHOST – 2 day free download


Five star review: “I rather enjoyed this story. A story about a Caribbean Island with two resident demons, and the people who got caught between their individual snares. But mostly it was about Theodore and Madgalene; a ghost of a man, cursed for 100 years, and a young woman who desperately needs to take control of her own life. For them love was a trap, a poison and ultimately the one thing that could save them both.”

Synopsis: Magdalene inherits the neighborhood’s haunted house and she didn’t even know her family owned it.
She bravely decides to move in and finds the house is really haunted by a ghost who awakens her sensuality. He spends his time strumming an old grand piano and she knows she has found a soul mate for her violin.
When she digs into his past she unearths a family secret and comes face to face with a curse which threatens to hold more than her heart captive.
Magdalene starts a chain of events that puts them both at the mercy of an evil spirit.
Can she find the means to break the curse or is she destined to be yet another causality of the house on All Hallows Eve?

This book will be free to download on the 25 and 26 September 2016. Please download, read and leave a review.




A review – Fire on Monsterrat

fire-on-monsAuthor: Catherine Dorsette

The author’s depiction of Montserrat and its people is exceptional. I love books that make you want to visit the destination especially when it is a Caribbean destination.

Kyla and Spence are young lovers torn apart by the worst circumstance, a horrible natural disaster. Too many years go by but their love is still strong and it helps them to rekindle the fire quickly.

I struggled with Spence as he placed everyone who was in his life before on a perpetual “back burner” to make Kyla his once again. I liked Kyla’s spunk and her Christian resolve to face her past and make a future for herself that she would be proud of. These two characters personalities flowed from past to present and set the pace for a well laid out story.

I loved the supporting characters and the surprise ending.

I secretly adore crazy, colorful villains who wreck havoc mercilessly but I accept that forgiveness is in keeping with the Christian genre. I promise not to re-write anything in my head to bring certain people doom.

As a bonus, I went in search for Montserrat’s food explanations – ‘goat water’ confused me deeply until I found the recipe online.

I wish the author all the best and look forward to reading more from her.

This review was completed through Caribbean Books Foundation review programme contact marsha(a)

The Magic Cave Series

Samantha, Alan and Mark go on a magical, mythical adventure in an awe-inspiring cave. Each trip leads to different worlds and opens clues to their past. They meet mythical creatures and there is a new fairy-tale world created by Aarti Gosine’s. Get all three books and read one after the next.

These books are precious and every Caribbean youngster will love them. They are full of folklore, fantasy and adventure.

The books are well paced for children in this age group. The one thing I like about the books is that the children work with the adults.

It’s a great coming of age adventure.

The Vampire Lords Series

Vampire Lord Series

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review (Lop or Lovers of Paranormal) aka the best paranormal Goodreads group and then i started following the series. These are my reviews so far. All five-star.



I love when any paranormal writer gives the folklore a twist of their own and K.L. Kreig did a great job of setting the scene. It may not be everyone’s fancy because this book really did humanize vampires but after True Blood, why not? We just love it. Having a hot sexy girl fall head over heels within a few days with a hot sexy vampire, in-between moans and groans was also totally expected but to my relief the story didn’t dull. The love story was sweet, the sex and banter was great.

I appreciate a villain who I can almost route for but this villain was just a psycho. I kept thinking since everyone else is rather sane how did he get so wacky, moose blood maybe. I feel as if I took him out of the story, the romance part of it would still stand.

At the end of the book I found myself interested in Giselle’s or Ren’s love story than the other Lord’s because their characters had a pull to them.



Ok, I read the first book and it was hot, but I wasn’t sure what else K.L. Kreig could come with to make the same scenario feel new. So I lagged in reading the second book but she pulled out her kinky wand and trumped it. This Lord was an ass with no character in the first book but proved to warrant a romance match deserving humor and style. Bravo! I didn’t regret reading it.

The playlist idea was great but I didn’t know half of the songs (yep I’m lame). If you are a devouring reader stopping to you-tube a song isn’t an option. I am sure everything was relevant but some references just went over my head.

As usual, Xavier psycho-personality didn’t fail but this time he missed the show-down. I can’t say I mind.

The good news is in this one I felt the next Lord’s personality was developed so I am intrigued in finding out more about his story.



Romaric Dietrich was as noble as I had hoped and bravado…Wow!

I love how he held back at times but was more than the over-the-top classic vampire predator at other times. The sex as usual was awesome; I am beginning to think Mr. K.L. Kreig must be grinning somewhere or hiding under a table. Ha! I hope it is not the latter – kudos for such inspiration.

The villain went in a flash. I re-read the section wondering what happened; nevertheless I felt convinced enough to accept his fate as we have two blossoming love stories to look forward Giselle and Mike and Geoffrey and Beth. Well maybe three … there is a European Lord now who may be well matched for a certain aunt with a striking resemblance to someone else’s Moira.

Keep writing and we will keep reading!



Evading as spot on. I really like Giselle’s back story. I wasn’t expecting Mike and Giselle to be the next one but was presently surprised. They flow and they both deserve it. The love between them was genuine. They took forever to see it but now they can both heal together.

Book Reviews, Book Reviews


I find myself reviewing a lot of Romance Fantasy Fiction lately.

Which is in part because I write Romance and Fantasy sometimes together, so i get a few of those requests every month but I read and review all fiction for free. Well i need a copy of your book – kindle or print is accepted.

ALL BOOKS, from picture books to thrillers. OK not twisted dark fantasies aka horrors, i scare easily and i have an overactive imagination so it takes days to get over extra scary stuff. (ok it also happens with mildly scary books too or books without a happy ending or books where the poor dog dies or books with too much abuse to women and children or books that just don’t end – closure is important.)

That being said, i really will read your book and post a review for you online (amazon, goodreads, my blog, my booklikes blog), if you ask nice enough.

I don’t post review below 2 stars. I would send you a note why i didn’t like the book, but i would rather not mess up your average with a poor review. As an author myself i know the struggle.

As of this week. I am adding my past reviews to this blog and will add any new reviews henceforth.

Feel free to reach out at to request a review or contact me on social media.

All the best!

Let’s find ways to promote each other’s work.

#caribbeanauthors #caribbeanbooks


This Could Have Been Me

The fear that woman feel is so real, men just don’t have to think about safety like we do. they never think – i shouldn’t be here by myself i might be raped.

I remember my husband taking me up Chancellor hill (a beautiful city view in Trinidad) late one evening on impulse, for a drive he said – i know he was being romantic. He came out the car, left the door opened and leaned up watching the view. I was scared to death and couldn’t come out the car. It was late, we were alone and their was trees all around. He was so relaxed and after a while looked at me quizzically. I said, “come back in here, you not afraid someone will rape you.”

He laughed so loud, he was weak with laughter until he realized i was seriously stricken.

He’s huge, tall and muscular, and knows how to fight. He makes conversation easy with strangers and seems to never be in a place without knowing someone. There isn’t much failing a gun that could take him down so he’s confident with darkness and impulse expeditions. He’s oblivious to my fears and i have to explain that even though i appreciate and trust him, my reality is different.

I am a woman. I do everything i can to be cautious yet everyday i frown at a situation and my heart beats faster than normal. The fear is in me, passing a construction site is a nightmare, men size you up all day and you have to push back or ignore.

It’s exhausting!

I wish safety was a given.
I wish men were taught about women’s fears.
I wish i wasn’t always on alert.

We need a generational shift, not to turn the tables but to equal the playing field.


Critics May Lie

Let me see how I am going to explain this now…

Following the Mayor of Port of Spain’s comments on the death of Japanese national Asami Nagakiya two days ago patrons met on Woodford Square in Port-of-Spain to share how his comments affected them and to protest his apparent unconscious misogyny in a position of authority. I would like to do the same.

I hate to accuse people of indifference but if you are a man you cannot fully understand how the majority of women felt, which is why I was not surprised that so many men misunderstood the outrage, my own father (who is convinced it is a political ploy and the Mayor said nothing wrong) being one of them.

You can sympathise, as many men have. Thank you. Your support is appreciated. Trust me, it is! More than you know, because it means mind sets are changing.


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